Work

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Communicate and collaborate

  • Instant message with colleagues: Use Google Hangouts to send messages to individuals or Google Hangouts Chat for team-based messaging. With Hangouts Chat, you can message with one or more colleagues, create rooms for ongoing conversations with groups, and use bots to automate work.
  • Meet face-to-face online: Choose from BlueJeans, Zoom, or Google Hangouts Meet to continue to meet with colleagues remotely. See best practices for videoconferencing, regardless of the service you use.
     

    Note: BlueJeans is approved for Personal Health Information (PHI).

  • University phones:
    • Access your university voicemail inbox from any phone, including your mobile device.
    • Please do not forward your university phone to a personal or home telephone number. This feature is reserved for critical operations. Instead, please keep your MCommunity profile updated with your preferred contact methods.
  • General tips for collaborating and communicating remotely:
    • Gather cell or home phone numbers for key team members.
    • Most smartphones are able to have a conference call with 3 to 5 parties.
    • Conduct test meetings and/or other activities if you anticipate the need to meet remotely.

Access Online Resources

  • Using your university computer: MiWorkspace and most unit-supported laptops are already equipped to work from off campus locations. You may need to enable VPN to access protected resources. Learn more about using MiWorkspace computers remotely. If your computer is managed by your unit, please check with your IT support team for more information.
  • Connect to network drives: Access files saved to your unit’s shared network drives from your personal or university device. See instructions for mapping network drives for Windows and Mac computers.
  • General tips for accessing online resources:
    • Bookmark MaizeLink to access and personalize shortcuts to U-M online tools and websites.
    • Back up your university computer using Desktop Backup (powered by CrashPlan) to protect your data from loss and provide another option to access files remotely.
    • Use the Ask A Librarian service to seek assistance with library and research-related questions from U-M Library reference staff.

 

If you have feedback or suggestions for this guide, please let us know. For other questions or to get help with the services in this guide, please contact the ITS Service Center.